A traditional English cottage hen party

Accommodation, Group, Large cottages

hen party

When you think of a hen party, lots of things come to mind, but Katie, our Project and Marketing Manager surprised her sister with a traditional English cottage hen weekend back in March and she's been telling us all about it. With tales of tea and cake, crafts and chatting as well as the obligatory naughty butler, the weekend had everything you need for a hen weekend away!

The plan

As soon as my sister announced her engagement my head was buzzing with hen do ideas… and I knew exactly what I wanted to plan: an intimate cottage break with a real English feel!

Having lived in Australia for 5 years, she moved back to England just before the wedding, so it was just a few select friends and family on the guest list – perfect for what I envisaged.

Where we stayed

After browsing the web for hours (probably days!) I eventually settled on a cottage just outside Padstow, Trelow Barton. My aim was to arrive on the Friday and leave on the Sunday and just have a lovely weekend all together under one roof. Padstow appealed as (I’m sure that anyone who has been will agree) with the stunning harbour I thought it a perfect spot for a mooch around the shops and a coffee on the Saturday morning.

Day 1 - Friday

On arriving at the cottage, I couldn’t have asked for more, the setting was perfect and the cottage itself had a farmhouse feel but with modern décor, with a particularly fun couch. Arriving before the other hens meant some time to prepare the food and decorate – essentials for a hen do. The Friday night consisted of a pyjama party complete with pizza, ice cream and cheesy games! With the addition of a hot tub at the property, the evening ended with lots of chatting in the tub before we eventually retired to bed!

Day 2 - Saturday

Waking up on Saturday morning to a buzz of excitement in the house was fab, and after croissants all together around the table (we could have talked all day!) I shooed everyone to get ready so we could head off to Padstow for morning coffee and cake. Once there, my cousin and I departed back to the cottage to set up for the next surprise – a vintage tea party. It was absolutely amazing! The ladies that came dressed the kitchen in true vintage style and also gave us a prop box to play dress up with. The hen arrived back to the property with squeals of excitement and an afternoon of tea and cake was had. Upon arrival she opened her invite to the evening do – a 1920s dinner party! The next element was the flapper head band making. The ladies at The Vintage Cream bought so many crafty materials for us to choose from we all went quiet (almost!) whilst we stitched, stuck and velcroed.

And for the finale! The ladies were asked to arrive in the lounge at 6.30pm complete in their 1920s clothing – at which a Butler in the Buff (there had to be something of this nature!) surprised the bride-to-be with a cocktail complete with sparkler. He then waited on us for a few hours and also hosted Mr & Mrs - a hen do must!

A 3 course meal followed along with lots of dinner table games and I can honestly say I haven’t laughed so much in a long time or since! All in all, an absolutely amazing weekend and just how I had planned it in my head in those few hours, about 2 years before.

Posted by Emma on 10th October 2016